Editorial: A change of plans…

Life is funny.

Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, life flips you upside down and makes you realize you never had anything figured out at all.

I recently announced I’d be accepting a job in Kindersley, SK, as a sports reporter. I spoke of how I’ve always loved hockey, and I have. Pursuing a dream, even for less money and in Saskatchewan, would have been amazing.

And then I got an offer I didn’t expect.

The Fitzhugh in Jasper offered me a full-time position, to which I accepted.

It wasn’t an easy choice, and I’ve been wrestling with it for the better part of a week. I’ve felt sick over what the right choice for my life is. Think about reflecting 10 years down the road, and wondering if you made the right choices, yeesh.

But when it came time to make a choice and stick to it, something clicked.

I really am living in paradise.

With a secure financial offer from The Fitzhugh, and then taking locale and lifestyle into account, I just couldn’t say no.

The most attractive aspect to the offer is likely the proximity to Valemount and the Robson Valley. I don’t have to leave the region I’ve come to love so much, and I’m thrilled about it.

I have to acknowledge — for everybody out there already thinking it — it’s not the classiest or most professional move, to accept a position in multiple places and have to leave someone hanging.

I’m not proud of that aspect, and it was never intended. But in life you can’t plan for things you’re not anticipating.

At the end of the day, a person needs to do what’s right for number one.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to join The Fitzhugh’s staff. It truly is the next professional step from my current role with The Goat.

After a quick trip home to Winnipeg, I’ll be back. See you again soon, Robson Valley.